Thousands of trees are set to be planted in honour of His Majesty King Charles III’s coronation with a new government fund.
The £2.5m fund will enable local authorities to create new green spaces across the country and increase nature connectivity opportunities for local communities.
The cross-country initiative will also contribute to the government’s target to treble tree planting rates and ensure 16.5% of land area is under tree cover by 2050.
Viable project initiatives include the creation of community orchards and tree nurseries, new ‘Miyawaki’ miniature woodlands in urban areas, and tree planting on farms.
Chair of the Forestry Commission, Sir William Worsley says: “This will enable communities to grow new and diverse trees to enrich the environment in which people, wildlife, and nature coexist for generations to come.”
The fund follows the launch of the ‘King’s series of National Nature Reserves’, and Forestry England’s creation of the first official Coronation Woodlands in April this year.
Funding is available to upper tier local authorities and district and city councils across England, for grants between £10,000 – £50,000.
Applications opened 5 August and runs through to 11 September.